“We value the gift of apostle in the man; we don’t value the man. The man is nothing special. He’s just ‘Old Dave,’ a high-school drop-out from a dysfunctional family. We don’t value the package; we value the gift that’s in the package.”
This statement is a lie. It’s been spoken, taught, and preached in our house for years, and it’s a mean-spirited, religious lie. David Coker IS valuable… the person in whom God has placed a gift IS valuable.
“But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature…for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.” – 1Sa 16:7 KJV
It sounds good and all… to value only the gift of apostle. It sounds really spiritual. But what are we saying? That the man is a shell… a package to be ripped into and discarded so that we may greedily partake of the gift inside? That the package could be ANY package because the gift is what is really important? And what about those who do not have one of the five-fold ministry gifts? Are they just a worthless, empty package? Certainly not! And yet, our mindset has aided satan’s strategies against Apostle David – and how many others?? – keeping him in a place of devaluing himself. Because, after all, he is nothing; only the gift is important.
It’s a good thing we’re not God. We’re the ones who want the gifts… God just wants a man. Throughout the Bible, we have evidence of Him looking for a man or a woman… He repented of making man, but then He found Noah. He needed a family in the earth, and so he found Abraham. When He needed a deliverer for His people, He found Moses. When He needed a king, He found David. When He needed a mother, He found Mary. God doesn’t look for gifts… He looks for men and women who are already valuable to Him; He looks for those to whom He can entrust gifts.
“For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him.” – 2Ch 16:9 NKJV
Consider David Coker, the man. The man submitted himself to God; the man answered the call of God on his life; the man has been hungry for the truth and willing to sacrifice everything for it; the man has laid down his own life for hundreds of others, including you and me. The man is humble, kind, loving, determined, persevering, protective, smart, innovative, creative, and down-right funny. There is so much to value in David Coker, and yet all we have really focused on is the gift of apostle. We really haven’t valued the gift that he is as a man.Every time we have allowed the words, “value the gift, not the package” to enter our hearts, we have played into the hands of satan. Without meaning to, we have opened the door for criticism, condemnation, contempt, and control. We have thought little of the person and have, thereby, contributed to him thinking little of himself. This lie has caused us to devalue Apostle David at the most basic level: his personhood. If we only value the gift of apostle that is in him, then we miss out on the gift that HE IS.Hear me; we DO value and esteem and treasure the gift of apostle, along with the other ministry gifts. But, in order for us to fully embrace those gifts, we MUST see that the man or woman IS a gift to the Body of Christ, even without the added ministry gifting. Each and every one of us IS a gift to the Body. Each of us IS a gift to God. He purchased us with His own Son. You don’t sacrifice your son for a bunch of worthless packages… we must all have been priceless to Him, even before He bestowed gifts unto some. We are treasures; David Coker is a treasure. He just so happens to be a treasure who has also been given the gift of apostle.
Father, we repent for only valuing the gift of apostle. We repent for the many times we have disdained David Coker, the man, and for the many ways in which we have demonstrated a lack of value in the man of God whom You have called and chosen. We silence those words of death and release words of LIFE over Apostle David now. We say he is a great treasure to You, to us, and to the Body of Christ. Amen!